Controlling Conventional Arms Transfers

A New Approach with Application to the Persian Gulf

by Ken Watman, Marcy Agmon, Charles Wolf, Jr.

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This report presents a methodology and a practical approach to the control of conventional arms transfers that link United States policy on such transfers to U.S. national and regional interests and strategy. It identifies ways to make explicit the connection between decisions on arms transfers and larger U.S. goals. The approach is designed not only to maximize the strategic benefit to the United States, but also to be politically and financially practicable for the United States and for the other principal suppliers of major conventional weapons. The phase of the research documented in this report applies this approach to the Persian Gulf region.

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